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About The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

What is this festival?

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.


How is SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department involved in the festival?

We are members of Region 1, which includes colleges and universities from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Eastern New York.

Each production we enter into the festival as an associate production is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and certain students are selected to participate in KCACTF programs involving awards, scholarships, and special grants for actors, playwrights, designers, and dramaturges at both the regional and national levels. Outstanding students are invited to participate at the regional festival, and may be chosen to go on to the national level.

Productions entered on the Participating Level are eligible for inclusion at the KCACTF regional festival.

In addition to performances, festivals include workshops and seminars, Design and Technologies Exhibit, performance opportunities, Tech Olympics, Critics Workshop, and much more. The festival traditionally happens the last week of January or the first week of February and changes location every few years.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

W. Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124B
Phone: (518) 564-2478
Email: [email protected]